‘He Didn’t Really Impress Me’ – Stephen Fulton on Angelo Leo’s Last Fight

Published 01/23/2021, 8:33 AM EST


Undefeated American pugilist, Stephen Fulton seems optimistic about vanquishing his upcoming adversary Angelo Leo for the WBO super bantamweight title on January 23. Although Leo is undefeated and is fresh from his decision win over Tramaine Williams, ‘Cool Boy Steph’ found nothing alluring about the performance.

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Prior to the upcoming title fight, Fulton connected with The Athletic and demeaned his nearing opponent. He also ridiculed Leo’s latest performance and positioned himself as the superior boxer.

Speaking on it, Fulton said, “I watched (the Leo-Williams bout) close and I watched it again in December. I face my problems. I sat down and honestly watched that fight to look at what’s in front of me… but he didn’t really impress me (in August). He did what I knew exactly he would do, and that’s bring a lot of pressure and attack the body.”

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Angelo Leo is an unbeaten world champion and has a fair shot at vanquishing Stephen Fulton. That said, Fulton shouldn’t belittle his skills when they are inside the squared circle. But, outside the ring, ahead of their bout, ‘Cool Boy’ seems unworried about Leo’s game plan or antics.

He added, “Honestly, I’m not concerned because I’m in shape, where I can say I’ve trained better than I have in my last 18 fights. The nerves will naturally flow once I get out there, leading up to the fight.”

Stephen Fulton believes in him before fighting Angelo Leo

Both the boxers will compete against each other, and will also compete with a high-profile event in UFC 257, which will be headlined by Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier. So, UFC might overtake the super bantamweight boxing clash.

However, Fulton’s confidence in himself is telling, and a good showing can see him grab a lot of attention. He compared himself to his rival and said, “I’m the better fighter. I’ve fought the better opposition. I’m more skillful, more versatile and I’m the smarter fighter.”

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He added, “I’ve got an outstanding jab, one of the best jabs in the game. My footwork is faster. My agility is better, so is my speed. I’m able to move in ways he cannot move.”

All these statements will only intensify their upcoming fight. But, it also endangers Fulton’s dominance in the division. Following such scratchy comments, he can lose a lot of respect by losing the fight. However, a win will prove that he can back his words, claim the WBO super bantamweight title and expand his undefeated run.

Do you think Stephen Fulton can overpower Angelo Leo?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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